12 Apr

Doc Wins Coolest Race

Andrew Murray at North Pole

Dr. Andrew Murray, best known for completing a remarkable run from John O'Groats to the Sahara last year, further strengthened his endurance portfolio by finishing first in the 10th staging of the North Pole Marathon. The event, known as the world's coolest marathon, sees competitors tackle 10 circuits ( 4.22km) in temperatures of -26˚C. Murray completed the race in 4:17:08, two minutes ahead of Luis Alonso Marcos of Spain. This is the second year in which Murray has competed in the Arctic even; he finished fourth in 2007.

The ultra runner commented after the race: "Running at the North Pole is an experience of a lifetime. Your feet sink into the snow with every step and you need to protect yourself from the cold. But it's worth it, the landscape is amazing, and it was fantastic to see every single runner finish."

Recently appointed as the Scottish Government's ambassador for physical health on a six-month secondment, the GP will no doubt hope his performance at the North Pole will inspire others to keep fit.